DIVISION I-AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ESPN2 7 PM > No computers,
no formulas. Take away the BCS, and here's what happens:
Delaware faces Colgate for the title after a four-round playoff.
--COURT DATE: Kobe Bryant returns to Eagle, Colo., for a hearing
(he may miss a game against the Nuggets). Expect a decision on
his trial date.
MARQUETTE (6-0) AT WISCONSIN (6-1) ESPN 2 PM > In the Badger
State's big hoops rivalry, Wisconsin's 6'5" forward Alando Tucker
returns from a fractured foot.
--HACK CBS 9 PM > Flyers center Jeremy Roenick (left) guest
stars as a desk sergeant on the drama about an
December 22, 2003
BRONCOS (9-5) AT COLTS (11-3) ESPN 8:30 PM > Indianapolis aims
for home field advantage; Denver would be happy being a wild
--NO. 7 STANFORD (6-1) AT NO. 6 TEXAS TECH (9-0) FOX SPORTS
NET 1 PM Women's hoops. Tech's tenacious D, the best in the U.S.,
has foes shooting a mere 29.7% from the field.
IN BOOKSTORES: Duty, Honor, Victory: America's Athletes in World
War II by Gary Bloomfield > Vintage photos and riveting tales
about Yogi Berra, Ted Williams and others who served.
--HAPPY BIRTHDAY! David Pearson, 69. The Silver Fox is a
three-time Winston Cup champ and second in alltime wins, and he
says, "I quit countin' [birthdays] long ago."
FORT WORTH BOWL: BOISE STATE (11-1) VS TCU (11-1) ESPN 7:30 PM >
Two top offenses. Underrated Boise State QB Ryan Dinwiddie has
4,031 yards, 28 TDs and just 5 INTs.
--IN BOOKSTORES: Letters to a Young Gymnast, by Nadia Comaneci
> The five-time gold medalist tells her story, from Romanian
elementary school to landing seven 10s at the '76 Games at age
REBELS OF OAKLAND: THE A'S, THE RAIDERS, THE '70S HBO 4:30 PM >
Rare footage and revealing interviews with John Madden, Vida Blue
and even Tom Hanks, a former vendor at Oakland Coliseum.
--LAS VEGAS BOWL: NEW MEXICO (8-4) VS. OREGON STATE (7-5) ESPN
7:30 PM > For when you tire of TNT's 24-hour marathon of A
ROCKETS AT LAKERS ABC 8:30 PM > Season's greetings: Shaquille
O'Neal and Yao Ming meet for the first time, and former Magic
coach Doc Rivers debuts as a co-analyst with Al Michaels. Rivers
was away coaching on the last two Christmases. "My kids are used
to not having Santa Claus around," he says, "but they still get
the gifts, so they're happy."